A couple of years ago Hunter dragged me into the Uintah mountains for the weekend. We made a quick run to Walmart for a few supplies, and realizing I was dangerously close to finishing my current novel, I grabbed a backup from the paperback section. Little did I know that last minute decision to pick up "The Judas Strain" would change my life. Or at least, my weekend.
We headed into the woods and found the perfect camping spot. I proceeded to begin my new book, and just like that I was hooked. Fourteen novels and a short story later, I can definitely say James Rollins is one of my favorite authors of all time. His stories are the perfect combination of mystery, science, adventure and intrigue. I seriously can't get enough. Hunter is equally addicted, so when we realized Mr. Rollins was coming to town we were all over it.
We ended up waiting in line about 90 minutes to get our book signed. I felt like a groupie...I was so excited to meet him! Finally it was our turn. Hunter graciously hung back to take a few photos of me with my hero:
I'll admit it...I was totally giddy. He was gracious and apologized for the long wait. Here's me hanging on his every word:
Here he is asking about my personal photographer:
I have no idea what I'm saying at this point...I just can't stop talking!
And here I am trying to convince James (I can call him that because we're best friends now) that I'm his best friend:
Do you think he looks convinced?
The best part of the entire conversation happened off-camera, though. After introducing Hunter and then continuing to dominate the conversation, I expressed my gratitude to James. You see, his latest book The Devil Colony includes a Mormon character and contains many references to LDS beliefs, particularly regarding the Book of Mormon. Well I'll be honest, when I first saw that the story referred to the Mormon church, I was skeptical...even reluctant. I didn't want to read a book from my favorite author and subsequently be disappointed or offended by his approach. To my surprise (and relief), the story was extremely respectful and even presented a possible explanation for Mormon beliefs regarding the history of Native Americans. I expressed my gratitude to him for treating my religion with such respect, and let him know how much I appreciated his efforts. And you know what?? He gave me a hug!! He was very kind and appreciated my feedback. And of course I practically floated out of the bookstore. It was a very happy day for me. :P